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 Vic Mackey (89 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Danni Sofer (89 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Shane Vendrell (89 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Julien Lowe (89 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Holland Wagenbach (89 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 David Aceveda (89 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Claudette Wyms (89 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Corrine Mackey (83 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Ronnie Gardocki (83 episodes, 2002-2008)
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 Curtis Lemansky (66 episodes, 2002-2006)
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 Steve Billings (42 episodes, 2005-2008)
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The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact. Written by <jgp3553@yahoo.com>

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Shawn Ryan originally wrote Claudette's character as a man. It took a call from CCH Pounder's agent to make him appreciate a woman detective would offer a whole new slant to proceedings. One thing that Ryan didn't change though was the dialog, meaning that Claudette pulls no punches with her fellow detectives and the criminals she encounters. This was at Pounder's request. See more »

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Vic Mackey: [to witness] A lot of people wanna know what evil looks like.
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Hands down, the best show on television...
5 January 2007 | by (New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

If you read the first couple of pages of reviews for "The Shield," you'll think that it's a poorly-crafted ratings loser that shouldn't be on television.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

I'll admit, I was hesitant to start watching "The Shield," but that was only because of Michael Chiklis. I absolutely hated "The Commish" and I figured this show would be a total dog.

A co-worker challenged me to watch the pilot and, if I didn't like it, I could return the discs to him and he'd never hound me about it again. I took his challenge and watched the pilot---and I didn't stop until the season finale. Chiklis won me over. The writing won me over. The cinematography won me over.

Is the camera-work shaky? Sure. But it's *supposed* to be. It's shot almost documentary style and I think that adds to the grit of the show. Some people claim that "The Shield" failed Movie 101. Well, you know what? It's NOT a movie. It's an episodic television series and there are no other scripted dramas on television that compare.

Is it a ratings loser? Absolutely not. Folks, it's on cable. It's not going to be ranked in the Nielsen Top 10...ever! "The Shield" has helped FX firmly establish itself on Tuesday nights and was the first of a series of outstanding and cutting-edge dramas. "The Shield" is better described as a cable success story, proving that quality, original scripted television isn't the exclusive domain of the broadcast networks in the United States.

If you haven't ever watched "The Shield" and are considering it, I'll pose the same challenge my co-worker did. Watch one episode and only one episode: Pilot. If you don't like it, turn it off.

I'm willing to bet, however, that you'll wind up doing what I did.

"The Shield" is top-shelf. There's no doubt about it.


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